With growing belief in this unchanged West Ham team after a strong performance against Arsenal, the Hammers excelled against Wolves and their player ratings reflect this!
Fabianski – 10/10: You cannot complain about your keeper when he gives you a clean sheet, and this is exactly the case right now. His defenders were solid in front of him, but he did everything right today! A superb and confident showing for West Ham’s main man at the back.
Ryan Fredericks – 7/10: He pulled up with an apparent hamstring injury in the 49th minute which really hurts his score, as Fredericks was playing very well at both ends of the pitch. He is closing down attackers at a better rate and his pace is electric. Hopefully nothing long term.
Fabian Balbuena – 8.5/10: A start ushered in by the COVID-19 diagnosis of Issa Diop saw an opportunity taken by Balbuena. The general showed his pace and passing while shutting down Jiminez with relative ease. No pressure to rush back Diop now.
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Angelo Ogbonna – 9/10: The Hammers’ ace in the backline again proved that age is just a number with a lively and important performance. He covered his teammates well, looked solid in the air, and was also a factor on set pieces as per usual. Another great match.
Aaron Cresswell – 8/10: Out of position and outmatched by Adama Traore on his side, Cresswell was strong and positionally resolute today. Cresswell also delivered a terrific front post corner that ended up in the back of the net. He isn’t going to set the world on fire, but he played well.
Arthur Masuaku – 9.5/10: King Arthur is back! In a wingback position and thriving, Arthur Masuaku was electric today, pocketing Traore and Semedo while pinging a perfect assist to Haller to end the match. He was electric and should be built around!
Declan Rice – 8/10: As quite as a defensive midfielder should be, Declan Rice dominated and bossed another game in midfield today. His play goes unrecognized a lot of the time but his tackling was picture perfect and he linked up the attack beautifully. Such an exceptional player.
Tomas Soucek – 9/10: As strong as Rice in the midfield but with a goal to add (that was ridiculously taken away from him). Tomas Soucek was the Czech robot we’ve all come to love, he is reliable and never stops working. A menace running box-to-box.
*Jarrod Bowen – 10/10: Your man of the match, West Ham’s starman on the right-wing! Bowen’s first goal showed off his speed and finishing while his second displayed his presence of mind and footballing IQ. An absolute sparkplug and a deft attacker who will do loads this season for the Hammers.
Michail Antonio – 9.5/10: All Michail Antonio was missing was a goal to his name and it was not for lack of trying. He held up play beautifully tonight and bullied the Wolves backline for 88 solid minutes. Unmatched in the effort category, Antonio had a hand in everything for the Hammers in this match.
Pablo Fornals – 8/10: A stroke of genius to rush the foul at the halfway line that sprung Bowen for the opening goal highlighted his play, but Fornals showed mental strength to not be undone by missing a sitter and staying motivated. His great shot from range also set up Bowen for his second as the playmaker was pulling strings from out of position again.
Ben Johnson (49′) – 6/10: Johnson looked a little out of position at wingback opposed to his usual fullback position, but settled in after some troubling first moments. He’s a very skilled and versatile player who has a bright future for sure, as he helped maintain the clean sheet.
Sebastien Haller (88′) – 8/10: One cross and one goal for Sebastien Haller, furthering the notion that with good service, Haller will score. No jump needed, the frontman popped the ball far post on Masuaku’s perfect cross. He was heavily involved in his limited appearance, urging more usage of him moving forward.
Mark Noble (88′) – 6/10: Playing where he probably should, Noble came in and did a great job preserving the victory for his team. A true captain leads by example and deployed at right-wing, Noble did just that giving a morale boost to his depleted troops. Nothing crazy but solid and 100% effort from the skipper.